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King University News :: Retired CIA Operative to Speak at King During Two-Day Event

Charles “Sam” Faddis, retired Chief of the CIA’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Counterterrorism Unit will speak at King College on Nov. 5 and 6 as part of King College’s Security Intelligence Studies program lecture series.  Faddis will give four lectures over the course of two days on topics to include “The CIA in the 21st Century,” “The CIA in the Run-Up to the Iraq War,” “Arab Spring: Is Democracy possible?,” and “CIA Careers: Preparing for, Applying to, and Working for the CIA.”  He will also be available for an informal question and answer session each day.  

“On numerous levels, Charles Faddis typifies the essential values of King College's Security and Intelligence Studies program,” said Dr.Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor who coordinates King’s Security Intelligence Studies program.  “As a CIA operations officer for two decades, Faddis routinely relied on his sense of patriotism, physical capabilities, and intellectual aptitude to carry out his tasks.  In the years following his retirement from the Agency, he has continued to demonstrate his scholarly prowess by authoring several books and distinguishing himself as a leading proponent of reforming the US Intelligence Community to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  We are extremely pleased to be able to offer our students and the community the opportunity to view the world through the eyes of someone of Charles Faddis’ experience and caliber.”

A CIA operations officer for 20 years, Charles “Sam” Faddis retired in 2008, last serving as Chief of CIA's WMD Counterterrorism Unit.  Previously, he served in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe.  In his most recent overseas tour, Faddis served as CIA Chief of Station in a Middle Eastern country.  In 2002, Faddis led the first covert CIA team into Iraq prior to the Gulf war, as related in his book “Operation Hotel California.”  A former Assistant Attorney General for Washington State, Faddis also served as an officer in the U.S. Army (Captain, Armor, and J.A.G. Corps).  

Faddis has also authored and co-authored several books.  His first novel, “Codename Aphrodite,” was based on his own experiences as a counterterrorist operative.  His other works include the novel “Operation Barbarossa,” “Willful Neglect,” a street-level look at homeland security ten years after 9/11; “Beyond Repair,” an examination of the state of the CIA; and “Operation Hotel California,” an account of the actions of Faddis’ team inside Iraq in 2002 and 2003. 

Faddis received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.  Currently, he divides his time between consulting and writing. 

For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 

Schedule of Events

Monday, Nov. 5 

11:20-12:20 | KLINE HALL 121 | THE CIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

In 1947, the establishment of the CIA marked America’s transition from World War II to Cold War status. Today, 65 years later, the world is a very different place. Is the CIA prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century? Charles “Sam” Faddis, a 20-year veteran of the CIA and a strong proponent of intelligence reform, will share his views on this important subject. 

1:40-2:40 | KLINE HALL 121 | THE CIA IN THE RUN-UP TO THE IRAQ WAR

The phrase ‘weapons of mass destruction’, WMD in short, is etched in the mind of every American who witnessed the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War. What was the CIA’s role in the WMD debate and what are the lessons of that experience for intelligence collection and analysis? Come hear the perspective of Charles “Sam” Faddis, who was chief of the CIA’s WMD Counterterrorism Unit during the run-up to the Iraq War. 

3:00-4:00 | SELLS HALL 108 | INFORMAL QA

How often do you get a chance to converse with a former spy? In this informal session, Charles “Sam” Faddis will remove his lecture hat and take your questions about anything under the sun, including his 20-year CIA career, his views on contemporary political issues, and everything else in between. Don’t miss this chance to enter the complex mind of a CIA clandestine operations officer. 

7:00-8:30 | STUDENT CENTER COMPLEX 202 (BOARD ROOM) | ARAB SPRING: IS DEMOCRACY POSSIBLE?

The term Arab Spring is commonly used to describe the series of popular uprisings that have radically altered the political landscape of the Arab World in the last two years. Observers call it the most earth-shattering event in North Africa and the Middle East in more than 100 years. But does this new reality in the Arab World offer the possibility of genuine democratic reform? And what are the ramifications for America’s relations with Arabs and Muslims? Charles “Sam” Faddis, who spent a considerable part of his 20-year CIA career in the Middle East, will speak and address your questions on this critical and timely subject. 

 

Tuesday, Nov. 6 

11:30-1:00 | KLINE HALL 211 | CIA CAREERS: PREPARING FOR, APPLYING TO, AND WORKING FOR THE CIA

Every year, the Central Intelligence Agency receives tens of thousands of applications for employment by Americans from every background and walk of life. What is it that makes a successful applicant? What does the CIA look for and how can one prepare for actually working at the CIA? Come hear useful advice on the subject from Charles “Sam” Faddis, who spent 20 years of his life working for the CIA.  This lecture is part of King’s History and Political Science Departments’ QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) project. 

2:50-4:20 | KLINE HALL 121 | INFORMAL QA

How often do you get a chance to converse with a former spy? In this informal session, Charles “Sam” Faddis will remove his lecture hat and take your questions about anything under the sun, including his 20-year CIA career, his views on contemporary political issues, and everything else in between. Don’t miss this chance to enter the complex mind of a CIA clandestine operations officer. 

 

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